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Is Your Blog Your Memory?

Mike Rundle has put up his personal thoughts about how his digital records, like his e-mail and IM conversations are basically his memory, because his human brain, just can’t hold any more data, and its easier to rely on computers to record things.

because my memory is so poor, they’re a necessity in my life. Email search is one of the “killer apps” that I use every single day, and IM conversation search is used at least weekly.

So is memory tied to “being a pack-rat” in regards to technical storage? I’m not sure if it’s a causal relationship but if my computer can store things and keep them out of my brain, then maybe I can use my empty brain cells for other important things. Like Albert Einstein once said:

“Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.”

I have to admit to using my blog as well as a memory archive. I continually post on events in my life that I want to remember later on as my memory is pretty horrible as well. I blame it on information overload, but I thank the blogging software I use every day for helping me keep track of my past.

Anyone else depend on their blog, e-mail and IM conversation logs to remember things?

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  1. Boris says: 2/27/2007

    This is precisely the reason why I started blogging. I had some blogging experience in the past but always stopped after a few weeks.

    Then one day I realized how much I do and how much I forget. I decided to start blogging for ME. Once I decided to just collect my thoughts and archive my experiences I noticed that more people started to read my blog. I blog about what frustrates me, what inspires me and what I do every day and want to remember.

    Over the last year my blog has become a really valuable resource to look up memories and thoughts I documented in the past.


  2. Doug Karr says: 2/27/2007

    That’s funny. I was telling someone the other day that my account is my personal Search Engine. I don’t believe anyone uses my search on my blog more than I do! It’s one of the reasons I also developed a 404 page that automatically searches on the keywords in my URL… I like just typing a phrase in.



  3. Riz says: 2/27/2007

    I’m the same. I was just asked to e-mail a haddock chowder recipe to my sister, but instead I just stuck it on my blog and sent her a link. That way, it’s always ‘somewhere’.

    It’s so much more convenient than having physical clutter, and sticking things on our blogs also releases valuable ‘brain real estate’, even if it is just perceived.


  4. No Reimer Reason says: 2/27/2007

    I definitely view my blog as my journal; a journal that I regularly share with our friends and family who live far away from us. I find myself searching it often when I try to remember when we did a certain thing or attended a certain event.

    Another bonus for me: I enjoy digital scrapbooking and will often copy and paste from my blog straight into the journaling on my scrapbook pages since I often make the pages weeks, months, or years after the actual event took place. This allows me to capture my original thoughts or details about the event that I may have forgotten as time passed.


  5. Chris Garrett says: 3/9/2007

    My original blog back in 1999 was a record for me to look back on. Unfortunately I moved and chopped and changed the software (I kept recoding it all the time) the only way to read it is with wayback machine but it still gives me pleasure to look back at what I was up to back then. My one regret is some of the major events are not in the archive so I can’t read my thoughts and compare them to my memory. Just shows we need to make backups!


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  7. mikeyaozm says: 9/20/2009

    Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.